CHENNAI: The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) will collaborate with the government of Tamil Nadu to implement a science-based approach to road safety enforcement.

A Memorandum of Understanding for this collaboration was signed recently between the Special Task Force, Road Safety, State Government and CoERS Road Safety Center of Excellence, IIT Madras.

Marking the start of this partnership, C Sylendra Babu, IPS, Chief Police Officer of Tamil Nadu said, “It is important to understand the socio-economic burden of road accidents on society and families due to the young students and breadwinners who lose their lives. . The adoption of a scientific approach to road safety is essential.

The main results targeted by this collaboration include the performance of forensic audits at the identified accident sites and the development of a thorough and scientific investigation of the accident taking into account the human environment, the vehicle and of the road, and submission of a detailed accident investigation report covering all safety aspects and recommendations. for accident prevention hotspots accompanied by photographs.

In addition, the design of a framework for carrying out empirical field studies, identification of gaps in data collection and analysis will be carried out. The collaborative study would provide recommendations on improving data-driven processes in enforcement strategies.

Perform a scientific assessment of the impact of implemented interventions and create a comprehensive standard operating procedure (SOP) for effective traffic enforcement.

V Kamakoti, Director of IIT Madras said that by leveraging the technical and strong field experience of the Tamil Nadu Police as well as the vast amount of data available with them, we have no doubt that ‘a very strong and comprehensive road safety framework will be developed through this interaction in the shortest possible time.


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